Here’s What We Learned From The 2016 Australian Census

Aussies nominating no religion rose while there's less of us owning our own home.

Zanda Wilsonby Zanda Wilson

Remember the ill-fated 2016 Australian Census which, completed online for the first time, where the website crashed leaving many unable to enter their data for weeks?

Well the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the released the results today, which highlighted a mixture of pretty expected findings and some that were more notable (in both positive and negative ways).

One of the most significant findings was the surge in Australians selecting no religious affiliation, hitting 29.6% and overtaking Catholicism at 22.6% as the most popular religious inclination.

Another significant result of the census showed that the number of Australians owning their own home outright continues to decrease thanks to soaring housing prices, down to 31%. To put that in perspective, the 1991 census revealed that more than 40% of Australians owned their own home.

In more expected findings, Australia’s well-document ageing population continued to grow, with those over the age of 65 now representing 16% of the population, up from 14% five years ago.

Same sex couples counted in the census increased by a whopping 39%, while Indigenous Australia’s counted increased by 18% from the last census.

The majority of people living in Australia who were born overseas hailed from Asia, not Europe, for the first time in the history of the country – however England remains the most common country of birth outside Australia.

And in more irrelevant data, the number of Aussies giving false names increased by double, from 0.6% to 1.2% from 2011 to now.

Read the full results here.